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fit and she stays active. >> just part of a taxpayer funded ad campaign from the u.s. department of agriculture encouraging seniors to get on food stamps because they will make you look better. we have more news on the food stamp front that will make you angry and that's later in the show. with the tax and fiscal cliff looming 21 days from now, is there a reason for even some slight optimism this evening? joining us now in studio, we welcome distinguished house members carolina maloney of new york and larry kudlow's house member in manhattan. and the republican from arizona. as always, welcome to both of you. dave, let me ask you this. i'm hearing a lot of this that there is a strategic retreat by the republican party. 57b and that they are not either in the house or senate going to block the middle class stax tax cuts which proliferate in terms of the bill. is that true, sir? >> i haven't been invited into the strategic retreat caucus. look. i hear more on the news than i ever actually come across in reality in d.c. so far, i do not see a willingness, particularly on the conserv
doing better. it is hard to be terribly bearish on the u.s. >> y are going to stay with our politico expert. this is a rally that has surprised experts. it hasn't been that easy to be optimistic. >> it is. i think you have to be cautious here. the probability that this could fall apart is very, very real. >> so, you have to be careful up at these levels as a trader. i have low exposure up here. i have protection. that is how you have to play this market. stay with us please. >> yesterday it looked like washington was inching towards a deal. but today, plan b could be signaling differences. we have karen b and sara fagan herself a former political director. i know what it means. no tax rates above $1 million. no tax hikes but why did bay nor decide to do that. what signal is he sending? >> i think what he is telling the president is look, i appreciate you coming around on this, i appreciate you giving, it is not enough. and i'm going to go to the floor and show you, that $400,000 is not a deal republicans are going to accept. the other thing that occurs that, is it is important for hi
's a shortened trading session for christmas eve. u.s. equity markets will close at 1:00 p.m. eastern time. bond currency and commodity trading they're going to end early. in japan, indonesia, the philippines, they were all closed in europe. only the uk, french, dutch and spanish stock markets are open and they're going to be closing early. there are now only five trading sessions left in 2012. get your act together. stocks and bonds, solid gains so far this year. the dow has advanced 8% in total. the s&p 500 up almost 14%. the nasdaq has jumped 16%. it's been a good year. the end of the year also means we are just days away from the fiscal cliff, however, and that's the bad news. and looming tax hikes, spending cuts, all of that. both sides warning a very big deal becoming a bit more unlikely. >> and my one bit of advice to speaker boehner is this. you cannot pass a bill with just republicans. on a broad thing like this, you need both. and he has put himself with plan b and sort of an impossible position. he has to get these hard right goes to go along with him. and he and the president were go
the markets pull back more to crystallize what this could mean for the u.s. economy to members of congress. we didn't see that. it is a numbers game though in terms of what will happen. we know need 60 votes to clear a fill buster in the senate. seven republicans need to go along a lot of jockeying that needs to be done, even if we have a deal put forth. >> interesting what the market is pricing in. we thought the market wanted a grand deal. clearly, dennis you willing to put up with a band-aid. >> i have been surprised how static it has been, the stock and the bond markets, carl. i think the market, i think, has internalized that idea we are just going to shuffle along for a period, the beginning of january. then for another six to nine months. the bigger question really becomes beyond the equity market in particular, becomes the real functioning economy of this country. we are going to be stuck again. we went through sandy, that was a natural disaster, to think that all this really is man made, still boggles the mind. >> sickening. especially with claims back to 350, decent number this morni
. the only place you have it is overseas. europe looks stable compared to the u.s. right now what does that say about our dysfunctional system? it says our dysfunction is our competitor's advantage in this market and that is sad. >> amen to larry. that was well said. i don't think i can add anything. >> for the average investor watching right now, any advice? >> no. i think that what's going to happen is there will be refl reflexive knee-jerk reaction higher if one of those two things i said happen. the market was up quite a bit since mid-november. the small-cap his been up 9.5% until the sell-off and they'd given a lot of that back, but there was a lot of good feelings priced in, and to me it's not that awful for us to take some of that off. i think the next month will be choppy and whipsaw, but 2013, there are a lot of good things going, housing market, china, japan. i would buy some things. >> guys, got to cut you off. larry, you'll get more time next time, promise. see you later, jim. >>> we're all over the fiscal fiasco. tune in to cnbc this sunday night. yep, we're working the we
to talk about between the cliff and other news. >> three days before the u.s. goes over the fiscal cliff, congressional leaders will meet with the president this afternoon. i remember standing on the white house north lawn last month, after leaders met with the president back then. things looked pretty promising. here's what they said after that meeting. >> i believe that the framework that i've outlined in our meeting today is consistent with the president's call for a fair and balanced approach. >> i feel confident that a solution may be in sight. >> it was a constructive meeting. we all understand where we are. >> we feel very comfortable with each other and this isn't something we're going to wait until the last day of december to get it done. >> isn't that special? now we're in the last days of december. and with just three days to go, the rhetoric has changed in the beltway. these are the latest comments. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward, just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. that wouldn't be fair to the
to decline .1%. u.s. sales are seen falling by .8% while europe is expected to tick slightly higher. this was a big deal last month when they came out for their comps. it disappointed for the first time in years and years. people will be watching this number very closely to see if the consumer is still feeling good, to see if mcdonald's's managed to get that mix right. there were concerns that they put too many things on the dollar menu. they said last month they would be changing that. whole see what happened. shares of mcdonald's year-to-date, they have come down quite a bit. >> you only read two. why do i have to read this? >> i read three. >> weight watchers, possible cases of insider trading. reuters say i resemble this. reuters say authorities are investigating hedge fund for insider trading in weight watchers. s.a.t. had taken a sizable position in the stock. cohen fund briefly held 2.1 million shares under scrutiny by authorities. at which time the stock price roughly doubled. in other huj fund news, john paulson said friday that his funds experienced mixed returns in novemb
and putting it to work. the u.s. economy is simply much stronger than we thought just a few quarters ago. second, these deals show that there are ceos who are willing to give up or share their empires in order to make money for their shareholders. oh, cramer, these people are so rich. i know they're not sacrificing financially. that's not the point. the target ceos will all do well but these guys are empire builders. finally, even as the sale of the stock indicates in a symbolic way, these deals show the companies are listed -- that are listed themselves are often worth far more than they're currently trading for. that's not an aberration. it happening marketwide. think about it. we have a financial brokerage company, right, stocks and oil service company, a tech concern and an insurer's business bringing out value virtually overnight. here's the bottom line. we can be riveted and saddened by what's going on in washington or angry, the refusal of all politicians to rise above their milieu or we can be constructive and search for the opportunities that are right there in front of us, in m
exchange. the u.s. marine corps providing toys for less fortunate children for the holiday season. another good cause there. stocks opening up for the first day after the christmas holiday. most major stock markets around the world were closed for christmas, and for the day after christm christmas. china, five-month high on the notion that the urbanization plan will gain spurs in the housing stocks there. japan, abe confirmed as prime minister there. the seventh prime minister in the past six years. we did see the yen hit a 20-month low against the u.s. dollar. notable lows against the euro as well. the topics in the nikkai the lowest in nine months. >> going back to his old job, that he had back in 2007. strange in and of itself. i wonder how long it will take for people to start talking about netflix after the outage going into christmas eve on social media. they were calling it no flix. and to blame amazon web services, which is one of their huge growth engines. a unit of the company they say is probably a tenth of its eventual size. >> one of the highest growth parts of amazon right no
. only utilities are going to finish in the red at this point. u.s. equity futures this hour, not too bad. if the cliff was -- just, you know, end of the world -- i mean, we did make it through that. i guess people are optimistic that we're all still here in the flesh. we don't know at this point whether the mayan me to you're -- the end of the world could have involved a zombie apocalypse. you wouldn't know at this point whether the first zombie was actually somewhere right now -- >> someone has to be the first zombie. >> someone has to be the first one. then it spreads slowly. and that's -- could have been like that. see, that's how i thought it would end if it ends. not with a comment. but i did have a roll of quarters in my pockets, ready to go. >> are zombies not immune to rolls of quarters? >> no, in case the guys outside the planet that runs into us -- >> it depends on what type of zombie you get. if you get the walking dead zombie, i think we could deal with. that they're quite slow. >> they're not upstairs -- >> if you get the zombies from -- from -- i'm forgetting the name of th
and losses have been picking up in the last hour or so as we've seen renewed concern about the u.s. fiscal cliff whether a negotiation could be reached. we saw some optimism in the asian session overnight. i want to draw your attention to the most important story potentially for 20123 and that's what's happening in japan. you guys may recall yesterday it was up .9%. this market has been on a tear this year. it's up more than 20 one of the best asset classes. the yen continues to weaken. there's two reasons why we're focusing here. we got weak economic data out of japan. industrial production decline. we saw core consumer prices decline. we can show you, though, what's happening with the yen. we're seeing the new finance minister coming out and saying to other countries, you know, look, we're not trying to materially weaken our yen and you have no place to accuse us of doing so. he says a strong dollar policy would benefit the u.s. very much so. and, again, might benefit japan, too, because that will make it a lot easier to get that yen lower. today, the dollar/yen is up .2% because it's im
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in the u.s. we can more yen printing, that weakens the yen. maybe american investors can make some money in japanese stocks. i'd be curious where you think the election is going. does it matter? >> i think the world has more possibility that your pen might change course as far as monitoring fiscal policy after the elections. but the japanese realize when you play with fire, you might end up burning down the house. jgb's nine times tier one capital, if they're not careful, they can trigger a run on jgb and the house base comes tumbling down. so i think actually the next government is tokyo will be a lot more cautious. i think the market is -- >> so we can get another huge disappointment. so everyone thinks the dollar/yen is finally going to go up, you can make money on the yen short and on the nike long and in a couple months, we realize that's not going to be the case? >> no. i think much more important for japan is the outcome of the fiscal cliff resolution. i think if the fiscal cliff resolution tushs out to be more, i think the yen will be one of the best performing currencies in the
growing criticism over the last several weeks because of the way that she portrayed the u.s. consulate in benghazi. she blamed an angry mob, not a terrorist attack by al qaeda. rice has said that she was working off of information she had at the time, but republicans largely led by senator john mccain have accused her of misleading the american people and said because of that, they wouldn't support her nomination. it was that pushback that led her to give a letter to the president saying that she did not wish to be considered. she said she believed the confirmation process would be long, lengthy and disruptive and just not worth it to the country at this time. president obama did accept that decision, and then said that he regretted it but also said that it spoke to her character. she will likely continue to work close w closely with the president, either as his u.n. ambassador or as his security adviser. he will likely now nominate senator john kerry. larry? >> many thanks. on top of the susan rice story, we are also learning tonight that retired nebraska republican senator chuck hage
as if the u.s. government would not pay interest on its debts. have -- you know perfectly well will is about a million things. i have been in the country where they ran out of borrowing capacity and managed important several years to survive without that borrowing capacity. there's a million things you can do before. you don't pay your debt on the u.s. treasuries before you stop paying social security, before you do lots of other things. is he purposefully trying to elevate this to a situation that frightens people? >> in many ways -- this is like the mayan calendar. they said the world would end december 21. we are all still here. the fiscal cliff negotiations and the debts limit thing are not the end of the world and we will figure it out. the most important thing to keep in mind is long term. we want to have a healthy fiscal situation. we have to have a healthy economy. we have to address growth. here's something else that is -- totally missing from this conversation. >> jimmy? >> understand that the executive branch is required under federal law to notify the legislative branch that, fac
's been a gang buster year for the markets. unfortunately, the average u.s. investor out there has largely been on the sidelines. money in bonds, money into money market funds continuing to flow in the month of november. unfortunately, even as we do see a very, very good year for the stock market, not many investors are really taking part in this. >> i think we saw finally an outflow for bond funds in well over a year last week. that has been a rarity. we've warned many of our viewers, be careful of the duration risk. we're going into another year where many people are at least saying, okay, is the rally over? the 30-year rally in bonds, is it over? if it is, what is it going to mean? we've had people saying that the last three years. everybody's best trade was to short the long bond. it ended up being one of the worst trades you could make the last couple of years. >> in terms of being careful, speaking of being careful, today will be light volume, shortened session, but light volume. who knows what that could lead to. if you wanted bury bad news, christmas eve is the perfect day to do it
to undo the cliff? the rating agencies, they'll downgrade the u.s. debt. but that's it. by the way, we have already proven through nine ways of sunday that the agencies are ridiculous. when our credit rating got downgraded last summer, well, bonds went up in price and down in yield. so why not do nothing? why doesn't the president say we're just going to keep bonds the way they are? and we're not going to cut entitlements because we know if we don't cut taxes, the republicans will go along with their no tax pledge and the markets will go higher and no one will care, for now. but he told us that's not going to happen, and he got re-elected. why doesn't the president get off the higher tax thing? what does it matter? it doesn't raise a lot of money. why didn't he just say that we're taking the social security to 68, cutting the military budget. the democrats will be committing political suicide and the republicans. that's why i was hoping that congress would rise above and figure out a more reasonable way to spend less and take in more money over time and get the budget deficit under con
people have to talk about the fact that essentially all these attacks in both the u.s. and europe are currently where guns are banned. >> we appreciate your perspective tonight. >> in the wake of friday's shooting in newtown, will the gun history face legal troubles like the tobacco companies did one time? mary thompson tackles that area. good evening, mary. >> good evening, joe. given the ongoing investigation into the rampage that killed 20 children and 6 adults, it's premature to say what legal action might be taken. when and if it is, it won't be an easy task. the 2005 protection of lawful commerce and arms acts pro secretaries manufacturerss are distributors and dealers from liability if others their probably. this makes it virtually impossible to seek damages from the gun history. another option is suing if the dealer was founding to negligent in selling the gun and if there are signs of negligence in the gunies design. you could argue that added safety features are needed. a feature like say an authorization technology in a would prevent someone from being used by someone o
believe are in the u.s. big -- cap with big brand names with great fundamentals, and they are right here in the u.s.? make that the last word. the bell is ringing. maria will pick up the second half of the "closing bell" in just a moment. >>> and it is 4:00 on wall street. do you know where your money is? hi, everybody, welcome back to the "closing bell." i'm maria bartiromo on the floor of the new york stock exchange. today fading optimism about a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff weighed on stocks. here's how we're finishing on wall street close to the lows of the day with a decline of the dow jones industrial average of 98 points at 13,252. once again we saw both sides digging n.no deal on the fiscal cliff in washington and stocks sold out. nasdaq composite off a third of a percent and the s&p 500 down 11 points, and the countdown continues. only seven trading days left until the fiscal cliff dead livent was today the beginning of a bigger selloff if a deal does not come soon? joining me right now is a cnbc contributor from western destination and steven hammers from the emp fund and our
as a result of antitrust here in the u.s., a americaning of the two equity platforms of nasdaq and nyc. nyc kept as it, and my reporting is, let's call it september or so, right at the end of the summer, early fall, an overture was made to the nyc about a potential deal. discussions continued at that point and continued for a number of month ending with this morning's announcement from the two of them that they did in fact have a deal. fair >> david, what i'm hearing is that the cme group wanted to offer an even higher bid for the new york stock exchange. however, with this clearing agreement that the nyse has agreed to with i.c.e., that's probably not going to happen at this point, this is the deal that nyc is going to go with because apparently cme approached the ceo in the last couple of months, but it was probably too late. the nyc went ahead with i.c.e. and had been too further along. the question now, bob pisani, what happens with the other exchanges, hong kong, nasdaq? what are we seeing next in terms of the next target in the exchange space? >> well, at the very least, it's helped i
investors have pulled at least $380 billion u.s. stock funds from april 2007 and it's the first time ordinary investors have sold during a bull market since world war ii. >>> mortgage rates headed down last week according to freddie mac. the 30-year fixed rate average was 3.35%, just 0.04% from the 40-year lowest on record since 1971. the average on 30-year fixed rates was 3.66%, the lowest in 65 years. michelle, it seems like a good time to buy. >> yeah, maybe. >> thank you, seema, if you can get the loan. >>> why when we just upgraded their trade status in we're about to get answers from a russian expert just ahead. [ male announcer ] this december, remember -- you can stay in and share something... or you can get out there and actually share something. ♪ the lexus december to remember sales event is on. this is the pursuit offection. report. i'm michelle caruso-cabrera. >> gun control advocates talk about great laws in gun ownership if great britain. there's only one problem, they don't work. they seem to have made things even worse. we'll talk more about that and it happens to
. >>> and bracing for draco. the named winter storm is moving across the u.s., slamming a dozen states already and threatening to disrupt holiday travel in many, many more. it's thursday, december 20th. we've got one day left. enjoy. and "squawk box" begins right now. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with joe kernen and andrew ross sorkin. andrew, welcome back. i hope you're feeling better. >> thank you. i had a little bit of a stomach bug. >> we're all a little sick around the table here. >> i know. it's a little -- i feel like weak, you know when your bones feel a little something? you had that, joe, two weeks ago, right? >> exactly what you had. you didn't -- you remember -- i remember bridesmaids, right? i'm not sure what all that came out of. i had both going. you didn't have both going? you are the just -- you were hurling. >> i was, i was. in the middle of the night. i had to send an e-mail to the producers. >> it's very weird. it's not even a 24-hour thing. >> no, i will say it was going by when the show was still going on. >> we h
the great recession with flying colors. about 30% of the dealers in the u.s. went under during the recession. isn't that extraordinary? but brunz week's dealer remained flat. they held in much better than the competition. they used the economic weakness to take share. plus the company took out $450 million in fixed costs during the downturn to come out even stronger than ever. that's the brunswick we're dealing with today. second, if higher taxes going forward mean there's slightly less demand for motorboats and fishing boats, you know what? i think that could be more than offset by the additional demand created by all those boats that sandy damaged or destroyed. and even before sandy, things were getting better for brunswick. over the last decade, the age of the average powerboat in the water has gone from 15 years old to 21 years old. wow! i thought cars at 11 years was a lot. that means there's a ton of pent-up replacement demand. we saw the same thing happen in the automobile market where the average car on the road got so old that it has led to a new surge. that's what that $15 million
dart pools in the u.s. operating alongside 13 public exchanges. the concern, there's a potential disadvantage to the overall markets and, of course, retail investors. maria? >> that. ton, thank you so much. >>> as the debate continues on capitol hill, back on wall street, seth marin argues that high-frequency trading benefits the few at the extension of many and is taking a toll on investor confidence and seth joins me right now along with special guest host ken langone. you're very critical of high-frequency trading saying it benefits the few at the expense of many. why in. >> that's correct. you have a very few number of constituents, and this is very much of a zero sum game, and they make their money at the expense of all of those folks who are investors who invest in the mutual funds and the pension funds, and the most important thing that we need to reinstill in this country is investor confidence. >> yeah. >> unfortunately, all of the major blow ups, recently the flash crash, facebook or the knight fiasco are interrelated with high-frequency trading. >> that's a good point
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of the longer term health of the u.s. they are incapable of it. >> you're thinking ahead, todd? >> look at the spending cuts, 25% of gdp comes from government spending, historically it's 20 it is. if there's a cut in government spending, where is the lift coming from, consumers, investment? therefore, the u.s. economy, we're on fragile ground right now. >> short term, sarge, this market held hostage minute by minute by the developments out of washington. >> yeah, sure, if we don't see any kind of compromise whatsoever, you'll see this s&p 500 trading in the 1360s next week. i think you'll get a short-term deal, address some of the issues, not really solve anything, kick the can down the road much like they do in europe and get your mild positive reaction going into the jobs data on friday. >> do you think we get a definitive move in this market one way or the other with some announcement out of washington, or is this market just so tired of all of the developments there? what do you think? >> well, there's still a risk-on trend, and if they kick the can down the road or actually come to
. mary thompson is at the big doi. the dow staged and pulled lower today by u.s. senator harry reid and the idea that the markets would send the markets higher in late trading and even though the gains latt in the kay were trimmed. mitch wok nell tock to the fleb vp strategy. the weaker performers were financial, materials as well as utilities among the sectors offsetting late-day games we saw in discretionary and staple stocks low on initial consumer sentiment and the cliff. home builders today finished something very good. november home sales for strong continue once again. of course, now all eyes to this weekend to see what hang will done about the cliff. back to you. >> if, at all. thank you, mary. housing is clicking on all cylinders right now. home prices up nearly 7 boston this year making it the first yearly gain we've seen in housing six 2006. that's unbelievable. >> it is unbelievable. >> look the november numbers. 14.5% jump in existing home sales. mary mentioned the 15% increase in new home sales. mortgage rates still close to all-time lows right now. >> with all that po
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did today for my travel trust. we judge the u.s. economy to be strong. strong enough to survive a fall on a trampoline or deep pool. we think housing, autos, anything china related can be bought right here using weakness as an opportunity to buy and not sell as we work toward a deal. keep in mind that it might take until the super bowl when everyone by then would have seen the truncated paychecks and got to get a deal then. give them the failure of the government to rise up to a compromise on the cliff so far. you would expect a bigger sell-off today unless of course you recognize that a compromise is more easily reached in 2013 than 2012 and maybe a stopgap. if we wake for a kick the can deal, what's the point of selling? it's better to be a buyer instead of seller. compromise is far more likely than not despite last night's shenanigans. jack in florida, jack? >> caller: i read your book. i enjoyed it very much. >> thank you. >> caller: i'm following a sector rotation strategy with some of my investments. currently in the material sector. and hoping to catch more of the housing uprise
and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. >>> welcome back. u.s. equity futures are suggesting a positive open. the dow would open 45 points, the dow 6.5. gains of .4% to.5% across the board. now the weather channel's eric fisher with the national forecast. eric? >> hey. good morning, everyone. our stormy weather for today is mainly across florida, in the dry season. st. augustine to jacksonville, the first coast dealing with rain. we've got some moving into the panhandle. and a wide view will show that basically the southeast, this is where we find most of the rainfall for today. southeast of atlanta, north carolina, south carolina, georgia or florida, this is where we're going to find the storms. going to be around for today, then tomorrow, most of this moves out. we get a break from all the storminess that we've been tracking here. by tomorrow afternoon, most of the area looking at drier, much cooler weather. cool's the name of the game across northeast midwest. everyone waking up to december for a change. we've got 20s and 30s on the map. teen
, a u.s. investigation finds more evidence about how walmart used payoffs allegedly in mexico to advance its gold down there. it's tuesday, december 18th, 2012. "squawk box" begins right now. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with joe kernen and andrew ross sorkin. our guest host this hour is julia sed. fiscal cliff negotiations, our top story. now president obama is proposing leaving lower tax rates in place for everyone except those earning $400,000 and above. that's above the $250,000 threshold that the president has been demanding for months, but it is still far from speaker john boehner's request of $1 million. a source familiar with the talk says this is by no means the final offer for the white house. the move by the president was welcomed, albeit with some reservations. we will talk about the latest developments in just a few minutes. in the meantime, the global markets seem to be taking note of the optimism. you can see right now that those dow futures are up by 54 points. this comes after a decent rally for the markets yeste
's take a look at the u.s. futures set up for the open first of the week. dow looking at about 50 points right after the open. as for the action in europe, taking its cues from the united states. we'll see a big rally in china extending one of its biggest rallies in three years. we have a mixed bag in europe with italy up by about .2 of 1%. >> we'll do our best to keep focused on the business day. we'll be following the tragic shooting in connecticut, of course. the new york stock exchange will hold a moment of silence to honor the victims in the next few moments, and we'll be looking at the president's call for meaningful action and the politics of gun control. >> let's get to a road map for this morning. it starts with apple. under pressure once again. even dipping below $500 a share at some point this morning. shares will remain range bound near term. iphone 5 sales and cannibalization among the region. >> other concessions from the gop, the speaker proposing tax hikes for millionaires. could this be the tipping point. moving the talks beyond deadlock. >> a big week for earnings. yes,
in china eventual l. maybe not this quarter. while the u.s., i think, is strong because of foot locker, but some analyst came out today and said u.s. is even weak. remember, nike trades on futures orders, not on earnings. so if you're dumb enough to want to trade in after hours, be aware, you might be trading on the wrong number. friday. these are big brand names. what a big week next week. friday we get results from walgreen's. i feel badly for wag. we just heard from cvs yesterday which boosted its numbers. that's a tough comparison to go against. i don't know how walgreen's can keep up. i will say this, though, the drug stores have been in secular share take mode from other stores, which is one reason why cvs was able to deliver such a strong number p. and i think walgreen's will show better numbers now that it's put its express scripts tiff behind it. moving over to cvs. that was really he helpful for cvs. there is only one issue to get my arms around here, the gigantic purchase of alliance boots. and whether walgreen's is swallowing more than it can chew. be ready for the heimlich
general motors buying $5.5 billion worth of stock from the u.s. government's t.a.r.p. program. and it was at a price $2 above where gm traded yesterday. that's right. we, the people, got a better deal than we could've ever hoped for just the day before. gm most likely would have been liquidated, putting more than 1 million people out of work. if the federal government hadn't bailed it out. nobody likes a bailout. people don't like to use the phrase bailout and the government isn't going to be made whole in this investment. i'm saying that point-blank. that's because it's so gigantic. the simple fact is also not only does gm exist, but it was capable of throwing off $5.5 billion to repay some of the t.a.r.p. investment. this thing was at death's door, now it's thriving, just like aig which also shouldn't have come back, but it did. those are two 2012 success stories that explain how robust corporate america really is and how unheralded that development is. what else? how about that the united states is producing more oil than any time in the last 17 years and producing enough t
a factory in ohio, last u.s. manufacturing company, some pensions put pressure on them and were able to change their mind. >> can the institutional investors big ones, nif them out there, can they put political pressure on congress to move this along or not. >> they can. they don't have a huge amount of money to do such things. i'll put it this way. compared to the amount of money private industry can put, there's no contest. >> dan from "fortune" magazine. thank you very much. sue, thank you. >> next half hour, ty, i'll look at the impact of the sandy hook tragedy had on gun retailers, then we'll talk with a leading mental health expert on whether mental health is being lost in the debate. back in 2:00. tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 let's talk about low-cost investing. tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 at schwab, we're committed to offering you tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 low-cost investment options-- tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 like our exchange traded funds, or etfs tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 which now have the lowest tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 operating expenses tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 in their respective tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 lip
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. consumer spending, of course, makes up about 70% of the u.s. economy. if you have been missing the google maps app on your iphone, you should be able find it now. it's been three months since apple replaced google maps. that was not nearly as popular and not nearly as good. google released its free application this week, and it's expected to become one of the hottest commodities in the apps store. >>> a bold move by the fed seemingly no moves at all when it comes to the debt ceiling and debt issues. two big stories. what do they mean and what happens next? joining me now is bob nardelli, former ceo of home depot, former chairman of chrysler, and president of the private equity firm x lr-8. >> thank you. >> as a businessman, what is your take on the fiscal cliff issue? how do you think these negotiations end? >> well, i mean there, is so much speculation out there and such a broad range of opinions. i guess if i had to predict, i would say we probably will not reach agreement and there is a high probability we will go over the cliff, and the impact of that, the repercussions i think are ca
are not as bad with fiscal cliff. china not as bad as we though, u.s. very strong. so nike, if it goes back to 97, it means we're going to have a real bad couple of days in my view. look at red hat. red hat is a technology company that is deeply involved in the cloud. they, too, had a better than expected number, as did oracle in the cloud. so these are my two tales for the trading today, david. if you pick the best of the best and they go down, you'll really have a couple of -- >> when it comes to the so-called cloud play and the use of it in the competition here, is that one of the key names? >> yes, it allows you to manage cloud in a cheap -- an anti-microsoft business. their partner is sales force.com. i'm really using these as tells. in other words, these are the ones where there's natural buyers. as we just found out how good things are. it wasn't like we found out a month ago. we just found out last night. if they have resilience, the market is going to be more resilient than people think. if they give up the ghost, i think next week's going to be difficult, too. >> all right. we'll be wat
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u.s. mint director. do you have any -- any feeling, any sort of inside feeling, if you like, about what's going on over there? >> yeah, you know, i've been there before, and can i say that all the parties truly wanted to come to some type of resolution, but they have kicked the can down the road so many times it's all the solutions that are left are extremely difficult ones with huge political and economic negative consequences, so from my perspective they are having so much difficulty trying to come to agreement. i'm shaving a little bit off of this year's deficit. we're going to have fiscal problems for as far as the eye can see, an here's where an investor, a smart investor is going to want to diversify, especially into things like tangible assets like gold. >> you're going to make the case for gold here, which, you know, has had a heck of a run for the last decade or so, but it has started to show signs of wear and tear. what would propel gold from here necessarily? >> well, two things that i would have your viewers take a look at. the first is the reason why gold has kind of f
civil liberties union in what could be a landmark case against myriad genetics and the u.s. patent office. the case has the support of nearly the entire medical establishment that deals with genetics. >> all of those people are saying, "the patents in this case hurt women's health." >> hansen says that myriad's patents are unconstitutional and should be invalidated. >> there's a longstanding patent law doctrine that says you can't patent the laws of nature and products of nature and abstract ideas. and that's what happens when you patent genes. >> but what was the rationale of the patent office in approving this? >> that isolating and purifying the gene is so transformative that it makes it a different thing. >> but it's still not an invention? >> they would say that by taking it out of your body and stripping away some of the pieces, they--it's no longer a product of nature. it's now an invention. we think that's nonsense. if myriad develops a new drug, a new treatment, a new test, they can get a patent, and they should be able to get a patent. what they shouldn't be able to do is
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